The past month has been difficult but I hope I am coming out the other side. Home Schooling starts this week and I must say I am worried about it. It is the 'thinking about everything that could go wrong' that is my main problem. I'm sure that when I get into it I will be fine. When I was teaching full time Sunday night was always sleepless as I would worry about the weeks lessons. Come Monday morning I was into it and I never had any of the problems that I had imagined.
Yesterday I gave my first lesson since lock down, with all Covid 19 safe practices in place. I over-thought that as well. I prepared booklets with illustrations of how to stitch so that I wouldn't have to violate students 1.5m distancing regulations. It was one of the most drama free lessons I have ever taught. All just followed the instructions and there were not that many questions. But it didn't have that level of social interaction I am used to. Being out side of 'that circle we use' when interacting has an effect on how we connect. I have to work out some way of replacing this with some other action. Also, the restrictions meant that we couldn't share food. I normally serve an afternoon tea during the break in the lesson and this acts as a wonderful way to get people talking and enjoying themselves. Now everyone has to bring their own tea or coffee. Not the same at all. It just goes to show what social creatures we are and how much we take for granted. This could go on for some time yet and how to adjust safely is going to keep us all out of our comfort zones.